Firm to Continue Assisting Tennssee in AD Search

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Parker Executive Search will continue to
assist Tennessee in its search for a new athletics director until
the position is filled.

The contract between the search firm and Tennessee was dated to
end on Saturday, but university spokeswoman Margie Nichols says
that date will not affect the ongoing search. Parker Executive Search is being paid up to $105,000 to assist with the search.

Nichols says that fee will not increase with the contract running beyond Saturday. Athletics director Mike Hamilton resigned in June in the wake of an NCAA investigation into Volunteers athletics.

Nichols says UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek is concerned
with hiring the right vice chancellor for athletics rather than filling the position quickly. Joan Cronan, formerly the Lady Vols athletics director, is filling the position in the interim.

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